How to install Skype Preview for desktop on Windows 10 Creators Update

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Microsoft has just released a brand new Skype Preview app for Windows desktop users that introduces a brand new user interface and several new features, some of which have been in testing in the Windows 10 app for some time. Oddly, the new desktop preview app is only available for Windows 7, Windows 8 and legacy versions of Windows 10, but there's a way of installing it on the latest version of Windows 10 too.

If you're on the Anniversary Update or Creators Update, trying to install the new preview app will result in the installer telling you to use the Skype UWP app instead. As we all know, the UWP version of the app is rubbish in comparison, and the new Skype Preview for desktop app is an all round better app. So, here's how to bypass that block and get the new app installed on the latest versions of Windows 10.

Install the Skype Preview desktop app

  1. Download the Installer
  2. Once downloaded, right-click on the installer file and select "properties."

  1. At the top of the window, select the "Compatibility" tab.

  1. Select the "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" option.

  1. Select Windows 8 in the drop-down menu.

  1. Select OK.
  2. Run the Installer.

There you have it, the program will now run and install on the latest version of Windows 10. Let us know what you think of the new Skype Preview app.

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter and Threads